FAMILY WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 2010 From Campus to Career: Career Development Strategies.
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FAMILY WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 2010 From Campus to Career: Career Development Strategies
What You Should Know New graduates are facing significant economic and labor market challenges. Steeper competition for top talent. Experience is critical for students/grads. Students need to engage in career planning EARLY in their college experience. New tools, such as social media, are impacting the job search.
Career Development at Messiah Serves every academic major and class year Snapshot of services: Individual career coaching appointments Self-assessment inventories Résumé drop-in hours Mock interviews Job and graduate school resources (FalconJobs) Networking resources (ex. FalconNet, LinkedIn) Career-related programs and events Class presentations
Career & Professional Development Plans Tool received by all incoming students Identifies resources and sources of support Promotes: early planning and exploration Intentionality and initiative Self Reflection Assess Engage Experience Transition
ASSESS Self-assessment inventories (FOCUS) Choosing a Major Packet “What Can I Do with a Major In…?” Career Action Plans Questions to Ask Your Student What are your primary skills and interests? Do you believe these are congruent with your major of choice or majors you’re considering? Why? What tentative ideas do you have about future career options/goals? What campus organizations, clubs, or activities sound interesting? Have you visited the Career Center? What types of services do they offer?
EXPLORE Research and information-gathering on career areas of interest Information Interviews & Job Shadowing Alumni Connections (FalconNet & LinkedIn) Questions to Ask Your Student What types of careers and/or graduate programs sound most interesting? Have you researched any in depth? Are you familiar with what others, such as alumni, who share your interests have done? Do you have plans for gaining practical experience, such an internship? Have you considered talking with someone in your field(s) of interest?
EXPERIENCE Job shadowing, internships, and professional development experiences with built-in reflection Connect to professional associations Archive samples of work in a portfolio Questions to Ask Your Student Have you talked with your advisor or a Career Coach about options for gaining experience? Have you visited the Internship Center? Where do you see yourself after graduation? Have you tested out your career area of interest to know it’s a good fit? Have you put together your résumé?
TRANSITION Practice professional competencies (résumé and cover letter writing, mock interviews, presenting a professional image) Networking resources Job and graduate school fairs; transitional programming Questions to Ask Your Student What will set you apart from the average candidate in your chosen field? What programs/events might you attend to help you in this process? Does your résumé accurately reflect the relevance and transferability of your experiences? What is your transition timeline? Short- and long-term goals? Specific action steps?
What role can you play? Balance challenge with support. Affirm areas of skill & ability. Jumpstart your student’s thinking about career-related goals and a plan to reach them. Encourage exploration, experience, and access to Career Center resources. Help to establish connections through networking.
Networking Navigating Workplace Culture Career Paths for Non- Applied Majors Money 101 Job Searching in a Tough Economy Understanding Job Offers & Benefits Packages
Companies of participants included: The Today Show The New York Stock Exchange McGraw-Hill Publishing Time Warner, Inc. Sean John Clothing Vanguard Direct JP Morgan Urban Impact NYC Dept of Education NYU Institute for Family Health New!
Resources Career Center Website: www.messiah.edu/careerwww.messiah.edu/career Collegiate Employer Research Institute (CERI) at Michigan State University: www.ceri.msu.eduwww.ceri.msu.edu The Parent’s Crash Course in Career Planning by Marcia B. Harris & Sharon L. Jones